Bob Beacham

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bob Beacham has always had a fascination for all things mechanical and received an engineering degree from Aylesbury College in the UK. During his 35-year career, he has worked on everything from automotive components to oil rigs. On weekends you will often find him tinkering with a car or motorcycle. He’s also a DIY enthusiast, and with a great deal of help from his wife has completely renovated two derelict buildings, turning them into comfortable homes. He now splits his time between contract work and writing articles that share his practical experience. He may be the last person on earth who isn’t on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin.

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FEBRUARY 17, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Welders of 2022

Welding has a reputation for demanding expensive equipment and a high level of skill and training. While historically this may have been true, many modern MIG welders are quite affordable...

JANUARY 29, 2021 | FRIDAY
The Best Tile Leveling Systems for DIYers and Pros

Tile offers an extensive range of style and design possibilities for your walls and floors. While it may seem that tiling requires high levels of skill to achieve a consistent finish, the...

JANUARY 27, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Bow Saws for Fast Cuts

The bow saw has been popular with woodworkers since Roman times. Early bow saws were made of wood, with a steel blade and a twisted cord or wire for tension. The design, which hasn’t chan...

JANUARY 27, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Siding Nailers for Installing or Repairing a Home’s Exterior

Siding helps protect the structure of your home, adds an extra layer of insulation that can lower your energy bill, and adds curb appeal to enhance the value. You can use an ordinary hamm...

JANUARY 26, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Forstner Bit Sets of 2022

While ordinary drill bits are quite efficient, their cutting action can create ragged holes, particularly when working with larger sizes. You could use a spade bit, but they often vibrate...

JANUARY 25, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Crimping Tools of 2022

Many electrical connections rely on a terminal (a bolt-down or push-fit connector) with an open end crimped onto the bare end of a wire or cable. The terminals, often simply called crimps...

DECEMBER 31, 2020 | THURSDAY
The Best Pry Bars for Your Tool Kit

Wrecking bars, crowbars, and pry bars are often combined in the same category, but important differences exist. One of the major differences about a pry bar is that it can often preserve ...

DECEMBER 31, 2020 | THURSDAY
The Best Garage Fans of 2022

Garage workshops, while often well designed for the types of household jobs you need to tackle, don’t always deliver on personal comfort—but a garage fan does. It provides enough air circ...

DECEMBER 30, 2020 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Digital Tape Measures of 2022

The steel measuring tape has been around since 1829 when James Chesterman patented it. These human readers can take the same measurement twice and see minor differences. Alternatively, la...

DECEMBER 30, 2020 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Pipe Wrenches for Your Plumbing Repairs

Standard wrenches are useful when tackling various jobs around the home and yard, but they’re less helpful for plumbing repairs, because water pipes have no flat edges for these wrenches ...